3-month-old baby among 4 found with polio virus

Infants must receive the inactivated polio vaccine when they are two, three and five months old. A booster shot is given when the child is 18 months old. (AFP pic)

KOTA TINGGI: A three-month-old baby was among four children diagnosed with polio virus in Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan last week.

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said the other three children were aged three, eight and 11.

Of the four children, one of them is a local, he said, but declined to identify the child concerned.

“Hence, I want to advise parents to bring their children for polio vaccination to ensure the effectiveness of the polio eradication programme,” he told reporters after the handing over of face masks and antiseptic soap at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tun Habab here today.

He said the polio vaccinations are provided free by the government.

According to the Malaysian national immunisation schedule, infants are to receive the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) when they are two, three and five months old.

A booster shot also needs to be administered when the child is 18 months old in order to be fully protected.

Adham said efforts were being made by the ministry to detect other polio cases in the country.

Asked on the counselling service provided by the health ministry to individuals, especially students suffering from “psychosocial fear” following the Covid-19 pandemic, he said 148 counsellors at health clinics nationwide provided the service.

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